How to stop MS Access 2016 Runtime license security warnings during linking tables.
Posted on 2016-08-15
We have a GUI made completely in MS Access, which is currently running on MS Access 2016 version. We also have a couple of users which are running on 2016 runtime version of Access.
This app has the front-end GUI and the back-end database, both made with MS Access.
There is a part of the code inside this project that is triggered on the app loading procedure. It checks on the back-end DB path, so that the GUI can know if the back-end DB is existing on the specified path or not. If not, the GUI is going to try re-linking the tables from some other DB, which is specified by the user.
We have two options available for the tables linking - either a relative path (if paths don't match, link the tables from the local DB inside the /Data/ subfolder, which is located in the same folder as the GUI), or we can use an absolute path (specify the full path of the back-end DB). Either way, the GUI always needs a full path to the DB, because it needs to know what's the exact path of the new back-end DB.
The piece of code that removes the current table link and adds the new one is:
DoCmd.DeleteObject acTable, "Companies"
DoCmd.TransferDatabase acLink, "Microsoft Access", "C:\Work\SCM\00-Dev\AffiliateDB\CurrentVersion\Data\Data.accdb", acTable, "Companies", "Companies"
This feature works okay with the full version of Access, however in runtime version there are no security settings, and that's why we get the message saying "A potential security concern has been identified." Screenshot is in the attachment.
We are aware that the best solution is the digital signature of the project, however, we may not be able to obtain the certificate soon. Is there any way around to currently avoid this message? Otherwise, the users that are running the app in runtime version will need to click on "Open" button for about 40-50 times, since there's a lot of the tables which need to be linked.
Thanks in advance